Doctor Strange 2: Marvel preferred not to introduce this legendary villain so as not to lose the spectators

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It's been a while since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hit theaters and Marvel continues to surprise us with original script ideas which, unfortunately, didn't come out. ; summer retained in the final version of the film. Today we learn that the studio had considered to integrate one of the legendary villains of this universe, but finally decided to give it up for fear of losing the audience.

Doctor Strange 2: Marvel preferred not to introduce this villain legendary so as not to lose the spectators

One of Doctor Strange's oldest enemies

Indeed, if it was Sam Raimi who directed Doctor Strange 2, at; Originally, it was Scott Derrickson who was on the project. Inevitably, after the change of artistic direction, the screenplay of the film underwent modifications. A long time ago, one of Doctor Strange’s most famous villains was set to appear in the movie. However, the studio preferred; do not lead this idea to his term lest fans find themselves lost.

This villain is none other than one of Doctor Strange's oldest enemies. It is moreover him who pushes him to reveal its existence to the rest of the world to prevent it from controlling humans through their dreams. You probably guessed it, it's Nightmare (in original version) or Cauchemar in the French version.

 Doctor Strange 2: Marvel preferred not to introduce this legendary villain so as not to lose viewers

Both debuted in the same comics. Surprising that during the two films Cauchemar is not seen, nor even mentioned. However, Scott Derrickson had plans to incorporate it into his live-action adaptation. But in the end, the project will not succeed. the arrival of Sam Raimi.

Doctor Strange 2: Marvel preferred not to introduce this legendary villain to avoid not lose viewers

This will to introduce the character in the film was real, at least. so much so that Nightmare was present in Marvel's concept art. As evidenced by the document below by Aaron Black, showing a mysterious character at horse back across the multiverse. Doctor Strange fans will recognize Nightmare and Dreamstalker.

Doctor Strange 2: Marvel preferred not to introduce this legendary villain so as not to lose the spectators

A film already too complex

If Nightmare or Cauchemar was planned from the first versions of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, very quickly, the studio leaders have decided; to remove it as Derrickson explains to agrave; Empire:

Kevin Feige presented; very convincing arguments. The problem when you start with Nightmare is to convey the idea that the dimension of the dream is another dimension. The film was already quite difficult. It's already a heavy film…Dormammu made the most sense. And he’s the most featured villain in the comics.

The director adds:

We decided to make it happen. not to because it's a bit of a complex idea to try to introduce everything we introduce and introduce the idea of ​​nightmares themselves as being a dimension .

Finally, Scott Derrickson concludes that he hopes that one day Marvel will decide to embark on the exploration of this idea qualifying this concept as “super cool“. As a reminder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available on Disney+… except in France!